The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has signed a grant of permission agreement for establishing, maintaining and operating community radio stations at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Babhaleshwar in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra. Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh has got its first wireless community radio station in Solan district.
A Letter of Intent had been issued to the Krishi Vigyan Kendra on January 2, 2008 after recommendations of an Inter Ministerial Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various Ministries. The community radio station is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement. With this, the number of community radio stations in the country will go up to 44.
The community radio station to be established at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Babhaleshwar is intended to further take the programmes and activities of the Kendra to a wider farming community and replicate the success stories so that the benefit of information services increases the livelihood opportunities for the target community. The Krishi Vigyan Kendra station would serve a population of over 8.15 lakh.
Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh’s first wireless community radio station was launched in Solan district recently. Asha Swaroop, Chief Secretary, Government of Himachal Pradesh, inaugurated the community radio at MS Panwar Institute of Communication and Management (MSPICM), Solan. The MSPICM 90.4 FM community radio would cater to an area of 10 km radius from the main station. This community radio service is the first to be launched in the state and the 43rd in the country.
It is learnt that there are over 100 applications pending for sanction of community radio stations across the country.